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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Cook Inletkeeper
Citizens Environmental Monitoring Program (SWQM Project)

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):

Contact Information
Name:Rachel Lord Street:PO Box 3269; 3734 Ben Walters Lane
City: HomerState: Alaska
Zip Code:99603-Phone: 907 235-4068 ext29, or rachel@inletkeeper.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 907 235-4069Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):90
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $60000 Year monitoring began: 1996

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
X Foundations BusinessesX Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? Yes

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
In 1996, Cook Inletkeeper developed Alaska’s first agency-approved volunteer water quality monitoring program - the Citizens Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP) – to actively involve citizen volunteers in the collection and distribution of important habitat and water quality data. This program has been held up as a model by the State & federal resource managers, and has spawned monitoring by other organizations, Tribal groups, and agencies throughout the watershed, creating the most consistent, coordinated, credible, and cost-effective citizen monitoring program in Alaska.

Environments monitored:
Beach, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Rainfall, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Debris cleanup, Land use surveys, Photographic surveys, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Research Our program, Federal government, University scientists
Community organizingLocal government
Screen for problemsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government, Federal government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessmentState government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsLocal government
Watershed planningOur program, Local government, State government
Plan restoration projects 
EnforcementLocal government, State government, Federal government
Shellfish bed closuresNon-governmental community organizations, State government
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportState government


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